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7 obvious reasons prostitution is still illegal in the US

Because not in my backyard!

Even though brothels would be isolated places in order to protect confidentiality, and they’d most likely never be established near a school, church, or Talbots department store, I’m very concerned they’d interfere with my daily upper middle-class life.

There would most definitely be an influx in the amount of leather tube tops worn in my neighborhood. And that’s not acceptable.

Continue.

“If you’re born with a different sexual identity than the mainstream is comfortable with, you’re already at an advantage. You have to create who you are to discover who you are. You’re just set up from birth to have to figure out and deal with things that a lot of people don’t even know are questions in life.” 

—from ‘A beacon of hope in the backwoods of Tennessee.’ Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/10aFCuf

Gross National Happiness

Expanding conventional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measurements of wealth to include non-monetary factors like psychological well-being, community vitality, and environmental quality, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a sophisticated survey instrument to measure the population’s general level of well-being. Proposed policies in Bhutan must pass a GNH review similar to an Environmental Impact Statement in the US.

—from 23 laws from other countries the US should adopt

(Read more here)

How the US is behind the rest of the world in GMO policy

"People everywhere are realizing that this is not merely an issue of choosing one crop or food product over another, but that genetically engineered seeds are irreversibly changing the face of entire countries and landscapes, replacing biodiversity and plant variety with mono-crop agriculture, with no possibility for the commons to ever reclaim sovereignty over a genetically diversified seed bank."

—excerpted from How the US is behind the rest of the world in GMO policy

(Read the full article here)

"An Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), aka the Ocean Parat, on Machias Seal Island, located in waters disputed between Canada and the United States. Over 7,000 of these pelagic birds live on the island, returning each year to lay one egg. The remainder of the year the birds do not come on land at all, instead following food sources in the Atlantic Ocean."

—from Wildlife of the Fundy Seas

(See all the photos here)